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11/04/2011 09:32, Report by Adam Bostock
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Scholes fully focused

After returning from a ban for 10 yellow cards, Paul Scholes tells

United Review

he's setting his sights on double figures of a different kind - his 10th league title...  

How do you rate Wayne Rooney’s recent form - is it the perfect response to the people who’ve criticised him this season?
He’s had stick ever since the World Cup probably. It seems he’s been made a scapegoat for it, and that isn’t right when there are 20 other players in the England squad. But Wayne showed at West Ham why he plays for us every week – he showed what he’s capable of, and it was a match-winning performance from him.

Ryan Giggs has also shown he can play as a rampaging left-back...
Ryan plays brilliantly wherever he is in the team. He can play centre-forward, centre midfield, left wing, left back… anywhere. Goalkeeper is probably the only position I’ve never seen him play in. But I’m sure he could do that too!

Are Saturday's FA Cup opponents City still in contention for the title?
Yes, you’d have to say City are a threat. They’re 10 points behind us but it only takes us to slip up a few times and for them to win their games and they’re right back in it. They’re above Chelsea and close to Arsenal so I don’t think you can write City off.

The chasing teams are asking quite a lot if they expect us to slip up in April and May. We often get into a groove at this stage of the season…
We have done in the past, yes, and hopefully we can go on and do it again. I think getting to April is all about putting yourself in a position to win trophies. We’ve managed to do that again this season and now we just have to finish the job, especially in the league, and we’ll see what happens in the cup competitions as well.

What were your memories of playing with Saturday's rival manager Mark Hughes when you first broke

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